It may not have occurred to you that a national park may make the list of favorite locations to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but here at the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park, we can give you plenty of reasons to plan next year’s party at your favorite national park on the eve of 2015:
1. The Venue
The historic Victorian-era Wawona Hotel is lovely dressed up for the holidays, particularly in white. Though we didn’t have much snow this holiday season, the hotel lends itself to twinkling lights, crackling fireplaces and evergreen garlands.
The New Year’s Eve dinner menu included beef tenderloin, lamb shanks, duck, salmon and wild mushroom risotto with a coconut shrimp and cucumber salad starter – enough said.
3. Live Entertainment
From the traditional Wawona tunes sung and played at the piano by local Tom Bopp to the guitar-based rock of local band Bootstrap Circus, we have you covered with music for all ages.
You can dance in the lobby and parlor of the hotel to your heart’s content from 10:00 pm until past midnight.
5. Champagne Toast at Midnight (With Balloon Drop!)
The hotel staff will make sure you have something to toast the new year, whether you buy cocktails in the Petite Dining Room that serves as the cocktail lounge, or accept a complimentary glass of sparkling wine as the minutes count down to next year. December 31st, 2014 in Yosemite National Park – it’s a date!